The Miromoda Design Fashion Competition has, for six years now, taken place in Wellington, however, this year, designers vying for a spot in the Miromoda Showcase at the New Zealand Fashion Week will face a panel of judges at Novotel Tainui in Hamilton for the 2015 competition.
It will coincide with celebrations to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Waikato-Tainui signing their treaty settlement.
Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust Chief Executive Parekawhia McLean says the event is a great coup for the tribe and the Waikato region.
"Miromoda is a celebration of Maori fashion, innovation and success, and both events gives us the opportunity to align that with a celebration of Waikato women. We are proud to be involved,” she said.
Miromoda formed in 2008 and debuted at New Zealand Fashion week, with eight competition winners and runners up across four categories in 2009. This year, it will head to its seventh New Zealand Fashion Week event.
Miromoda Event Manager, Montess Hughes says the opportunity to be apart of the Waikato Tainui celebrations is a great honour.
“The number and calibre of entrants increases each year, with this year marked by a common thread: diversity. We have shortlisted 20 designers who will endure the nerve wracking task of presenting their collection to a panel of judges, led by fashion icon Dame Pieter Stewart,” says Hughes.